Best Racing Game of 2011

2. Forza 4

Forza Motorsport 4 really epitomizes the racing genre. It’s got all the sim functionality that you’d expect, but it’s not inaccessible to gamers who just want to pick up and race. The varying degrees of difficulty mean that you can adjust the game to be challenging to anyone. It’s also gorgeous to look at, offers a huge stable of vehicles, and supports the use of racing wheel peripherals. It also offers up some robust community features. For example, once you’ve acquired a car in-game, you can give it a custom paint job, soup it up, and then sell it on the game’s auction house to other Forza owners. It’s as complete and solid a racer as you’ll play this year.

1. Driver: San Fancisco

Thanks to its brilliant shift feature, in which you can transfer your character’s consciousness into the body of any driver in the city, Driver: San Francisco is one of the most engaging racers the year, and it’s definitely the most innovative. It’s also got a compelling story, one that feels like it would make for an outstanding television show, but that’s just the frosting. Where Driver: SF really shines is in its multiplayer, as “tag,” where you attempt to bump the “it” driver with whatever car you’re inhabiting at the moment, keeps me coming back for more all these months later. It’s an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that will force you to make liberal use of the shift function, and it’s probably the most original online game mode you’ll find in any game this year. Driver: San Francisco is a game that will live on long after this year is done.

So, those are our picks. Now it’s time to see what the readers chose!

Readers were invited to vote in a Facebook poll for their favorites. They also had the option of adding a favorite game to the list if their choice wasn’t there. Here’s how that vote turned out:

2011 Reader’s Choice Indie Game

5. Shift 2: Unleashed
4. Driver: San Francisco
3. Forza Motorsport 4
2. Gran Turismo 5
1. DiRT 3

See the full poll results on our Facebook page!

So, how would you rate the best Racing games of 2011? Drop your lists in the comments below to let us know what you think!

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4 Comments on Best Racing Game of 2011

ragdoll haseeb

On December 21, 2011 at 5:02 am

hi my name is ragdoll haseeb and i think you have forgott a really good racing game call need for speed the run.. play it and you will enjoy the thrill of a life time as you be a crimminal wanted suspect for adapting in to racing experiences which cannot not be found in any other game. i think the best other racing game than the run is driver san fransicso based on same backgrounds but will have better taste of racing thrill…

lumoteka-ariku!

On December 21, 2011 at 7:02 am

Im very sorry for the NFS fans, since the NFS series are going from bad to worst in these last years.

Wes

On December 31, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I am a big racing/driving game fan.

Lately I have become extremely bored with the arcade style games. There is really no skill needed. Just mash the throttle and halfway pretend to steer and you can finish the game.

The past few years I have really been into the racing simulation games that have accurate physics. rFactor being the game that I really spend the most time playing. Up until recently I was racing in leagues 2 nights a week. I am going to get Forza 4 this week. I really want a wheel and pedals for the xbox 360 but I’m not willing to spend $500 for a good set when I have already spent that much on my pc setup. If they still made the microsoft wheel and pedals I would get that but they quit and they are going for over 300 now. It’s crazy that MS quit selling a money maker like that.

Gonna give NFS Shift 2 Unleashed a try after looking at some reviews. It seems to be more realistic.

I just cant bring myself to spend the money on the arcade racing games anymore. They dont offer anything except some exciting crashes and a good soundtrack. I have better things to spend my 50 or 60 dollars on.

oneal

On March 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

i love driver san francisco